Jacqueline Kurta, PsyD

Adjunct Faculty


Jacqueline Kurta, PsyD, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is the Director of the UC Santa Barbara Alcohol and Drug Program. Jacqueline received a BA in English from Tufts University, her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara, and a Doctor of Psychology degree (PsyD) in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Originally from New York City, she and her family relocated to Los Angeles in 1987, and they have made Santa Barbara their home since 2000.

In addition to her work at UCSB, Jacqueline serves as Clinical Supervisor for Casa Serena, a Women’s Residential Recovery Program, and also maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara. She serves as an adjunct faculty for AUSB and has been a guest lecturer for Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Jacqueline has served on the Board of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists since 2005 in a variety of capacities, ranging from Co-President to Coordinator of Disaster Mental Health Services. Over the years, she has also offered her services to valuable Santa Barbara community organizations, including Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, Family Court Mediation Program of Santa Barbara County, the American Red Cross of SB County, Transition HouseEl Puente School, and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Her additional interests include travel, skiing, cycling, and joining her family and friends in enjoying all that Santa Barbara has to offer.